Student Spotlight: Megan Fatharly on Cutting, Sticking and Studying Drawing

by Cass Art Student Ambassador

Art students are the future of art, and at Cass Art we aim to showcase the work of the emerging artists across the country. As part of our Student Spotlight series we spoke to Megan Fatharly, a first year Drawing Student at Falmouth University. 

What inspired you to study Drawing at university?

I have always loved to draw, but when I started looking at degrees I was keen to find a university that offered opportunities for experimentation within the discipline. My course at Falmouth has taught me so much already, and has allowed me to push the limits of drawing beyond the conventional. In particular, I've felt inspired by the ability to explore other mediums, and discover how these can be integrated into a traditional drawing-based practice.

What do you see as the core processes within your practice?

Mark-making plays a key role in my drawn work, and I savour the opportunity to lose myself in the repetitive process of sketching out lines, scratches and spots. Beyond my drawn work I have also found myself increasingly enamoured by collage as a discipline, and I feel in-tune with its primary concern of combining colour and shape to find some kind of balance.

What are the source materials for your collages?

One thing I've learnt about collage is that it’s important to be selective, but also to use imagery that feels instinctive. I'm a real hoarder when it comes to textured papers, card and magazines, and I am constantly collecting and accumulating bits and bobs- telling myself I will make use of them some day. Recently, I have mainly been working with found images from old magazines and I love the simple narratives that accompany this kind of imagery. Through collage, these images can be manipulated to take on a new narrative for the viewer to appreciate. Fragmentation is a key motif within my work and I've found that this theme can be explored really successfully through collage, using a combination of found imagery and my own drawings.

Which artists influence your practice?

I'm constantly inspired by other creative individuals who share a drive and passion for what they do. Going to an arts university feeds this, and I thrive in a studio environment where I'm able to gain feedback and bounce ideas off other people. I'm currently finding inspiration from collage artists such as Anthony Zinonos, Sophie Chadwick and Matthew Kay.

What tips do you have for other artists who are interested in trying out collage?

Collage is great fun, and a brilliant therapeutic artform, so I definitely recommend giving it a go. Start by collecting source images and materials such as photographs, magazine adverts and newspaper cuttings. I suggest looking for imagery that you can relate to, as this will lead to finished pieces with interesting narratives, layers of meaning and a sprinkling of your own personal humour. I've started to take my own photographs to use in my collages, which can be a great way to inject more of yourself into your work. It's always useful to have a selection of coloured card and paper handy at home, and keep an eye out for any other materials that you think might add interesting textures, patterns or shapes to your work. Finally, the key tools for the collage artist are scissors or a craft knife, a cutting board and some form of adhesive. Once you have all of this in place just use your intuitions and start playing- one of the greatest things about collage is that there really are no rules!


- All featured artwork by Megan Fatharly

- Photo credits- Image 2, Image 4, Image 6 C/O Louise Hannaford 

- Image 1, Image 3, Image 5, Image 7 C/O Megan Fatharly

Feeling inspired?

Find more of Megan's work on her website, blog and Facebook page, and follow her on Instagram.

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If you would like to see your work featured in a future Student Spotlight, please contact our Student Team with a short artist bio and up to three images of your work.

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